A 54-year-old man from Wellingborough has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for conspiring to supply Class B drugs.
Robin Johnson, of The Drive, Wellingborough, was found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply Class B drugs and was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday, December 19.
Johnson initially stood trial for the offences in the summer and was one of six defendants to do so. The jury in that trial failed to reach a verdict on Johnson, resulting in a mistrial.
This week he stood trial again and was found guilty.
Three of the other people who stood trial in the summer were found guilty at the time, while the remaining two were found not guilty.
A further nine people pleaded guilty to similar charges and were sentenced for their involvement in supplying Class A and B drugs across the country in April 2011.
The verdict and sentencing of the other 14 people was not able to be reported before the case against Johnson concluded.
In total 13 people responsible for the large scale supply of Class A and B drugs across the country have pleaded or been found guilty.
The investigation mainly revolved around the large scale supply of cannabis and cannabis resin, which was sourced from the West Midlands and the North West and then sold on to other parties either in mainland UK or across to Northern Ireland. It later evolved into the cutting and sale of cocaine on a more local level in Northamptonshire.
Detective Inspector Greg Maides, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, led the investigation. He said: “This was a lengthy and complicated investigation into an organised crime group whose web of unlawful drug supply extended across the Midlands to the North West of the country and subsequently across to Northern Ireland.
“This also affected the communities of Kettering and Wellingborough in respect of the unlawful supply of cocaine. It was a sophisticated operation with extensive contacts throughout the country.
“East Midlands Special Operations Unit together with Northamptonshire Police is committed to tackling organised crime and drug supply. I would like to thank the officers from the West Midlands, GMP and Lancashire Police Forces who assisted in this successful operation and in bringing the criminal activity to an end.”
April 2011 – 15 people arrested, including people from Northamptonshire, West Midlands, West Mercia, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
April 2011 - Nine people pleaded guilty and are sentenced:
Nigel Long, aged 46, of William Street, Kettering, was sentenced to 11 years six months for conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Trevor Jones, aged 49 of Shelley Road, Wellingborough, was sentenced to seven years three months for conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Christopher Watson, aged 37 of Counties Road, Mossley, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester, was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
John Lumley, aged 37 from Roughley Drive, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was sentenced to six years six months for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
Gary Sarson, aged 50 of Heyhouses Lane, Blackpool, Lancashire, was sentenced to 5 years 8 months for conspiracy to supply Class B.
Paul Harley, aged 44 of Mannock Road, Wellingborough, was sentenced to five years six months for conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B.
Gary Billington, aged 31 of Westminster Road, Blackpool, was sentenced to four years eight months for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
A 35-year-old man from Bolton, was sentenced to one year for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
A 31-year-old man from Bolton, was sentenced to eight months suspended for two years for conspiracy to supply Class B years.
May 2012 - Six people stand trial
June 2012 - Three people found guilty and sentenced, two people found not guilty and one mistrial:
Paul Shannon, aged 34 of Princes Street, Kettering, was sentenced to six years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Nauman Syed, aged 29 of Bath Road, Kettering, was sentenced to four years six months for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
A 30-year-old woman from Corby, was sentenced to nine months for money laundering.
December 2012 – Retrial of Robin Johnson, who is found guilty and sentenced to 30 months.